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There are plenty of things to do in Atlanta this weekend, and Atlanta PlanIt is here to guide you through your options. There’s a world premiere musical about the golden age of country music plus a tribute to an Atlanta humorist. You can also get a head start on Atlanta’s festival season, or introduce classical music to a new generation of fans. It’s all happening in metro Atlanta this weekend, Jan. 20 through 22.

Friday, Jan. 20

Lewis Grizzard: In His Own Words

Former Georgia Secretary of State and two-time gubernatorial candidate David Poythress has died.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the 73-year-old Poythress died Sunday. He suffered from a longtime lung illness.

Poythress entered state politics in 1979, when he was appointed secretary of state. He later won a term in office.

David Goldman / Associated Press

For the fourth time in as many months, Georgia's jobless percentage went up.

Georgia's seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate for December was 5.4 percent, according to the Georgia Department of Labor.

That's a hike of one-tenth of a point from November.

Commissioner Mark Butler says the reason the number has been going up recently is because more people are looking for work in Georgia, and they haven't found a position yet, which means they're unemployed.

Lisa Hagen / WABE

Gynecologist Lilian Schapiro scooted up to her patient, who was already in stirrups on the exam chair. Her patient was a mother of two in her early 40s. She was seeing Schapiro to get her IUD replaced.

“I-U-D stands for intrauterine device,” Schapiro said.  “A speculum is put in, it [the IUD] goes through the cervix and stays inside the uterus.”   

It’s a form of long-lasting birth control, and depending on the type, can last anywhere from three to 10 years. They can cost up to $1,000 out of pocket.

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The Atlanta City Council  on Tuesday did not approve proposed legislation that would have tightened restrictions on new recording studios.

The ordinance was introduced by Council member Felicia Moore. She said she's received complaints about noise coming from recording studios in her district and too many cars parked outside.

The ordinance would have required all new recording studios to obtain a special use permit and be 300 feet or farther from residential areas.

But her plan failed. She was the only council member who voted for it.

Atlanta Falcons offensive tackle Tom Compton (76) walks of the field after an NFL football divisional football game against the Seattle Seahawks , Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017, in Atlanta.
AP Photo/John Bazemore

The Atlanta Falcons are one win away from heading to Super Bowl LI.

On Sunday afternoon, the Falcons will host the Green Bay Packers at the Georgia Dome.

This will be the second time these two teams have met, with the Falcons having beaten the Packers in October.

"Both teams are different, and I think both teams from when they played before are a better version of what they were at that time," said Falcons head coach Dan Quinn.

He expects a nail-biter.

Jim Burress / WABE

When President-elect Donald Trump blasted Atlanta Congressman John Lewis, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed supported Lewis.

But former Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young sees it differently.

Young, also a former U.N. Ambassador, told  U.S.A. Today that Lewis made a "mistake" with his comments about the president-elect.

Charity 5K Brings Out High School Drumlines

Jan 17, 2017
Ian Palmer

Every year Piedmont Park plays host to the Martin Luther King Jr. Day 5K, an event that stands out from all other races in Atlanta for one specific reason. Dubbed the “Drum Run” by founder Chip Owens, the MLK 5K features high school drumlines placed every couple hundred yards throughout the course, providing live entertainment for the runners.

Atlanta Humane Society Selling West Midtown Headquarters

Jan 17, 2017
Byron Small / Atlanta Business Chronicle

The Atlanta Humane Society has been a fixture on Howell Mill Road since the 1930s. But a lot has changed in that part of town since then. Where there used to be mostly warehouses, the West Midtown area is now chock full of trendy restaurants and shops.

Officials at the Atlanta Humane Society say for two years brokers have been inquiring about their 2.2 acre property. Now, they have decided to sell it.

Annual MLK Day Service Looks Towards Trump's Inauguration

Jan 16, 2017
Crowds watched, cheered and stood for the many speakers who took the podium during a Martin Luther King Jr. Day commemorative service at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta on January 16, 2017.
Al Such / WABE

There was no avoiding the incoming Trump administration during Monday’s Martin Luther King Commemorative Service at Ebenezer Baptist Church, which included speakers from Dr. Bernice King to Sen. Johnny Isakson to Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.

Over the weekend the president-elect criticized Georgia Rep. John Lewis in a series of tweets after Lewis said he would not attend the inauguration, because he does not consider Trump’s presidency legitimate.

Dimitri Crowder Photography

As a small child, Cassius F. Butts began listening to vinyl records of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. promoting equality in America. At the time, he didn’t know who King was but was still moved by his words. In 1983, the year Martin Luther King Day was first recognized as a national holiday, the 12-year-old boy gave King’s famous "I Have A Dream Speech" at Richmond Elementary school in Orlando, Fla.

The march passes a mural depicting Rep. John Lewis above the word ''HERO.''
Alison Guillory / WABE

As the city where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was born, Atlanta is a city with a unique perspective on his namesake holiday. 

King's Daughter: Fight 'No Matter Who Is In White House'

Jan 16, 2017
Bernice King, daughter of the late Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., speaks during the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday commemorative service at Ebenezer Baptist Church where King preached, Monday, Jan. 16, 2017, in Atlanta.
AP Photo/Branden Camp

As civil rights leaders and activists gather at sites across the country to celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., the slain civil rights leader's daughter is encouraging Americans to fight for his vision of love and justice "no matter who is in the White House."

Bernice King addressed more than 2,000 people gathered at her father's Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta four days before President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration. She spoke hours before her brother, Martin Luther King III, is schedule to meet with the president-elect at Trump Tower in New York.

In Georgia, 2 Trumps Exist Across Urban, Rural Divide

Jan 16, 2017
A logging truck passes through the Main Street business district as a cross stands in a flower shop window in Lula, Ga., in Hall County, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017.
AP Photo/David Goldman

Patti Thomas owns a flower shop in the north Georgia town of Lula. Xavier Bryant runs an independent pharmacy just outside Atlanta. Looking toward the inauguration of an entrepreneur as president, the two share this expectation: Donald Trump will be good for business.

"He's already proven he can turn things around," the 52-year-old Thomas says, crediting Trump with Ford Motor Co.'s recent announcement that it would scrap a planned Mexico plant while expanding in Michigan. "Just his business enthusiasm, we've been lacking that."

Developer Holds First Underground Atlanta Public Meeting

Jan 16, 2017
Community members wait for WRS's public meeting to start.
Miranda Hawkins / WABE

More than 100 people, including Atlanta’s planning commissioner Tim Keane and Councilmember Kwanza Hall, gathered at Underground Atlanta’s atrium Saturday morning for a public meeting hosted by WRS Inc.

It’s the first meeting WRS, the developer that wants to buy Underground Atlanta, has hosted since it entered into a contract to buy the property from the city of Atlanta more than two years ago.

Georgia To Get First New Bank Established Since 2008

Jan 16, 2017
Byron Small / Atlanta Business Chronicle

During the economic downturn, Georgia had one of the nation's highest levels of bank failures. But the financial sector seems to be turning an important corner. According to this week’s Atlanta Business Chronicle plans have been filed for Georgia’s first new bank in nine years.

John Amis, Pool / Associated Press

Bishop Eddie Long, pastor of a Georgia megachurch, has died, his church announced Sunday. 

Long, who headed New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia, had been battling cancer, the church said in a statement to multiple media outlets. He was 63 years old. 

Civil rights activist and Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga. is introduced before speaking at the unveiling of a U.S. Postal Service stamp commemorating the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, Friday, Aug. 23, 213, at the Newseum in Washington.
Charles Dharapak / Associated Press

On Saturday morning Donald Trump took to Twitter to criticize Georgia Congressman John Lewis and the district he represents, which sweeps through Atlanta. The president-elect's comments are drawing ire from all corners. 

Trump tweeted on Saturday that Lewis, D-Ga., "should spend more time on fixing and helping his district, which is in horrible shape and falling apart (not to mention crime infested) rather than falsely complaining about the election results." 

Claude "Tex" McIver
Fulton County Sheriff's Office via AP

A Fulton County judge has denied a request from District Attorney Paul Howard to stop a prominent Atlanta lawyer from selling his late wife's assets.

Claude “Tex” McIver faces involuntary manslaughter and reckless conduct charges in the shooting death of his wife, Diane, in September.

Last month, McIver held a sale of her clothing and jewelry. An auction of more items is planned for this weekend.

On Friday afternoon, Judge Constance Russell denied Howard’s emergency motion to stop McIver from auctioning her belongings.

APD, APS Police Chiefs Agree To Share Information

Jan 13, 2017
Atlanta Public School police Chief says there's no need for the Atlanta City Council to pass a resolution.
Alison Guillory / WABE

The police chief for the Atlanta Public Schools system says there will be no need for a city resolution to get his department to share information with the Atlanta Police Department.

Atlanta City Council members introduced a resolution earlier this month asking the school police force to provide the APD with regular updates on truancy and crime statistics in the school district.

They pointed to a recent crime spree at gas stations that city police say is largely the work of juveniles.

Sabina Begum counts her money at her milk collection center in Bangladesh. Krishi Utsho is one of the CARE teams selected for its first accelerator program.
Akram Ali / CARE

The Atlanta-based global humanitarian aid group, CARE, is taking a page from the startup world.

CARE employees will get a chance to pitch their ideas in Atlanta next week as part of its inaugural Scale X Design Accelerator to get $150,000 in funding to implement their ideas.

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Chief Innovation Officer Dar Vanderbeck says the goal of CARE is to “save lives, defeat poverty and achieve social justice,” and there are always lots of new ideas on how to do it.

Claude "Tex" McIver
Fulton County Sheriff's Office via AP

A prosecutor wants to keep a prominent Atlanta attorney accused of fatally shooting his wife from selling her assets.

Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard said in a news release that he filed two emergency motions on Thursday in the matter of Diane McIver's death. Claud "Tex" McIver faces a felony charge of involuntary manslaughter and a misdemeanor charge of reckless conduct in his wife's death. He is free on bond.

Georgia Tech computer science professor Ashok Goel had extra help in his Knowledge Based Artifical Intelligence class: an artificial intelligence teaching assistant named Jill Watson.
Al Such / WABE

Science fiction often presents artificial intelligence as funny-looking robots or machines like HAL from the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey.

At Georgia Tech, one professor tested this out with his students using artificial intelligence or AI as his teaching assistants. 

Artificial Intelligence

AI or artificial intelligence is already in use in the form of self-driving cars and as part of many advanced web programs, including Google searches.

David Goldman / Associated Press

A longtime red state might change its attitude about something green.

State Rep. Allen Peake introduced a bill Thursday that calls for a statewide vote on whether or not to legalize the cultivation and distribution of marijuana for medical purposes.

In 2015, the Republican from Macon led the efforts that produced a state law that permitted cannabis oil for some medical issues.

Peake's new law doesn't specify where the pot could be grown or who could grow it, saying a referendum needed to come first.

Eboni Lemon / WABE

Thursday on "Closer Look with Rose Scott and Jim Burress":

Carla Hayden via Twitter

The Library of Congress recently played host to a pint-sized librarian.

Daliyah Marie Arana, a 4-year-old from Gainesville, was invited to shadow Carla Hayden, the 14th librarian of Congress, on Wednesday. The girl has read more than 1,000 books, the Washington Post reported, finishing her first on her own before she was 3.

Darron Cummings, File / Associated Press

State health officials say there's a spike in flu cases in Georgia.

“People go off and they’re visiting their friends, relatives, traveling on vacation," said Davelle Pursner, a registered nurse with the University of Georgia's Health Center. "Times of travel and stress, then they return home, and they become sick with the flu, it’s very contagious."

The Little Mermaid
Broadway In Atlanta

This weekend brings multiple opportunities to experience events from a national stage as well as directly from Atlanta. Atlanta PlanIt is sharing their top picks for those wanting to experience it all.

Kroger; Greenbriar
Alison Guillory / WABE

Georgians can help in the battle against a potentially fatal disease while picking up groceries.

Atlanta-based Kroger and the Georgia Ovarian Cancer Alliance are once again holding their "Round Up" campaign.

That's when customers round up their grocery bill to the next dollar.

The goal is to raise awareness of ovarian cancer and to raise money for the Alliance. 

The City of Atlanta is handing over 10 out of 44 property deeds to Atlanta Public Schools.
Stephanie M. Lennox / WABE

A battle over property deeds continues between Atlanta Public Schools and the city of Atlanta.

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed says he's currently working to hand over one property deed to the school system. 

But according to APS board Chairman Courtney English, there's a problem. Not only does APS want all 44 deeds, but English says "the properties belong to us [APS]. So there's no question who owns the properties."

Reed doesn't deny that, but he says there's a reason the city's held onto the deeds.

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